God Is Coming For You

God is coming for you.

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The Gospels record one of the great tension-filled moments in Jesus’ ministry. “Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said: ‘Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem. Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey’s colt’” (John 12:14-15). Christians know this moment as the Triumphal Entry. However, what kind of triumph is this for Jesus? He knew this was the beginning of the end of His earthly ministry. He knew that His time in Jerusalem would end in death. He knew that the very people who shouted, “Hosanna,” as He entered the city would be the same people who shouted, “Crucify him!” He knew things were going to get worse before they got better. That’s why Jesus said, “Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came” (John 12:27)!

God is coming for you.

Yet, even with everything Jesus knew, He knew this was something He must do. Something He wanted to do. He knew that humanity needed a break. He knew that humanity was filled with chaos. He knew that sin had caused humanity to live in darkness. He said, “I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark” (John 12:46).

What is it about you that you think disqualifies you from being transformed by God?

God is coming for you.

This life we are living is filled with ups and downs, lefts and rights, starts and stops, detours, and bad directions. Sometimes we get distracted by all the noise in our lives. This distraction causes us to feel lost and in need of someone to show us a better way. Jesus said, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost” (Luke 19:10).

God is coming for you.

In the Bible, we read these epic tales of the incredible ways that God transformed people and their lives. Moses, Rahab, Noah, Jonah, Jeremiah, David, Ruth, Joseph, James, Matthew, Zacchaeus…Peter, Paul, and Mary. Why not you? What is it about you that you think disqualifies you from being transformed by God? Have you filled your life with so much noise that you have convinced yourself that you don’t need God? Is it possible that your crowded life is keeping you from recognizing God’s presence and His desire to do more than you ever imagined you could do?

God is coming for you.

He’s not passively sitting around hoping you’ll stumble upon Him in the midst of the noisy, overcrowded life you live. He is actively entering into your life, pushing past the distractions, and illuminating a better way of living. Scripture says, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. He came into the very world he created. All who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another” (John 1:1, 4, 10, 12, 16). He wants nothing more than to connect with you. To speak His Word into your life. His heart desire is that you understand how important you are to Him. You are so important that the Creator of the world came down from Heaven, became like the created, and gave up His life so you could have the rich and satisfying life.

God is coming for you.

Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8).

The Easter message is an invitation. God is inviting you to join Him in a life that is unmatched by anything you’ve ever experienced. God is inviting you to get rid of the noise that is distracting you from experiencing the best He has to offer. God is inviting you to let go of the sin that keeps you from participating with Him. God wants you. God loves you. God thinks you are a masterpiece.

God wants you. God loves you. God thinks you are a masterpiece.

The entry into Jerusalem is a triumph because your King is coming. Jesus is declaring victory over sin and inviting you to a rich, satisfying, and everlasting life. He embraced the purpose for which He was sent to the world. Hosanna! Blessings on the One who comes in the name of the Lord!

God is coming for you!

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About Jack Pladdys, MDiv

I am a pastor, leader, husband, father, and friend. Since 1996, I have served the church in such capacities as Children's Director, Youth Pastor, Young Adult Pastor, Worship Leader, Assistant Pastor, and Lead Pastor. Other than congregational ministry, I toured for two years in a Christian band as the bass player and road manager. I received my BA in Christian Ministry from Crown College and my Master of Divinity from Wesley Seminary. Currently, I am a doctoral student at Indiana Wesleyan University pursing a PhD in Organizational Leadership. I am the husband of Amanda and father of Rachel, Annabelle, and Abigail. Amanda and I met while touring and have been married since 1999. I am passionate about the Church becoming everything God intended it to be, and I work hard to help every person fulfill the purpose God has placed on their lives. In my free time, you can find me playing Xbox, shooting hoops, at the beach, or playing music.

Posted on March 28, 2018, in Easter. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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